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Firefly Grill

1482 reviews
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$30 and under
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firefly grill is modern farm & table roadhouse situated in America’s Heartland. Our approach to food is simple—source the best ingredients possible and stay out of their way. We like to know our food intimately—where and how it is grown, raised, foraged, fished or harvested. The fewer fingerprints and carbon footprints the better. That’s why we have our very own on-site farm and buy locally whenever we can.

Our menu is a showcase of our philosophy with an ever-changing selection of creations from Chef Niall. firefly offers indoor/outdoor seating on the water, lounge seating by the fire, dog friendly seating in the warmer months and several private event spaces.
We're so glad you're here!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm;
Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm - 10:00pm
Sundays: Brunch 11:00am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(217) 342-2002
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Niall D. Campbell II
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Cross street
Keller Drive
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Accessible on all levels.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Looking for the perfect space to hold an event? Stop searching and discover firefly events from corporate and pharmaceutical dinners to baby showers, bridal showers and anniversary parties we’ve got you covered.

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What 1482 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0  Dined 4 days ago

We went at dinner time, so this might not apply to lunch or earlier. The dinner menu is not what it once was, and items on the other menus are not available. Best, in my opinion, not to hand someone a list of items she can't order.

The food was good, but not to the point to justify the expense. Appetizers should come before the main course-- if the main course arrives first, the patron should be asked whether the appetizer is still needed. Presentation was bland. As were sauces. The table next to ours sent food back.

Tables are really packed in-- I don't see how a someone with a walker or a wheelchair could navigate. And the noise makes it impossible to hear your waiter even if he is right next to you. You'll eat in silence or shout the whole meal, as will the fifteen people within 6 feet of you.

This place used to be great, but apparently the owners couldn't make a profit on great, so now it's, well, maybe a really good Outback Steakhouse but at 2-3 times the price.

vipVanweezer (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

I had read about Fire Fly several years ago in the Illinois magazine and thought if passing through Effingham in the future that I would love to have dinner there. Well, my husband and I were on the last leg of a 20 day road & cruise trip with friends. We all agreed that we wanted our last dinner to be special, and it was. FireFly did not disappoint!Our server,Josh, was excellent. Attentive but not intrusive and knowledgeable about the menu.
Would definitely return and recommend if in the area.
Thank you

5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Great place with wonderful food. You won’t be disappointed!

5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We love the special Valentine menu. Fabulous food and spectacular service.

TheGlenns (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic experience on Valentine’s Day. The dining and wine selections at Firefly never disappoint. Service was a bit slow, but they were packed. Overall a great experience.

LindsayB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic meal and fantastic service. I’d go everyday if I could afford it.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The pre-fix menu for Valentine’s dinner was outstanding for 7 of the 8 courses. Though the presentation of the lobster tail was exquisite, the texture was not outstanding though it tasted ok. Service was outstanding once we settled in. At the beginning of the meal there were several miscues in short order, but the everything settled in it and it was a truly memorable evening.

DavidH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Took my wife there on Valentines day. We were both really impressed with the food and service.

vipFoodlover12 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Sunday brunch at firefly is always amazing! The weather kept people home so the restaurant was quite, which we appreciate. We had a great meal and took a pizza to go for dinner!

TimB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Wow! I didn't expect much for a restaurant in the middle of nowhere. I was wrong! Food and service was fantastic. Probably the best Crab cakes we have ever had and we lived on the East Coast for several years. You are killin' it! Thanks.